Crunchy, salty snacks can be hard to come by on a grain-free/paleo type diet. Many people resort to eating nuts, which can come with its own set of issues. Either allergies, or just plain overeating them. Some salty snacks we like are chickpea poppers, kale chips, the occasional sweet potato chip, green bean chips, root chips, and now, zucchini chips.
I don't have a suitable picture for posting because, well, they were butt ugly. Little brown coins. They hardly looked like zucchini. But they were crunchy and salty to be sure! They tasted pretty much like french fries!
Are these an everyday treat? No. They were fried in olive oil and quite a PITA to make, from the slicing to the frying, to the gross smoky greasy smell in my house. But with some (homemade) ketchup, these were as close to french fries as I'll ever get!
Fried Zucchini Chips
4 large zucchinis
2 cups oil for frying
sea salt, to taste
Using a mandolin or your mandolin attachment thingy on your cuisinart, make chips of your zucchinis. I arranged mine on paper towels and sprinkled with salt about an hour before frying to release some moisture. Heat your oil in a heavy pot, like a dutch oven, and when it's nice and hot, add your zucchini in batches. They will take a good 5 minutes to fry and brown up to a crispy consistency. Do not add all your zuc at once because it will overcrowd the pan.
You don't need any breading on these, unlike many other zuc chip recipes. Just hot oil! Once you remove them from the oil, let them drain on a paper-towel lined plate and sprinkle immediately with sea salt.